User Review: Osprey Atmos 65
Design: top-loading internal
Max. Load Carried: about 35 lbs.
Height of Owner: 5' 11"
Price Paid: about $200 at EMS sale
After section-hiking the AT from Springer Mt., GA to Rangeley, ME with a Kelty Flight 4500, I bought the Osprey for my final 220-mile section hike to Katahdin.
The Osprey was a great improvement in comfort and convenience. Though theoretically 500 cubic inches smaller that the Kelty, the Osprey held all my gear with a bit of volume to spare. Given the unexpected heat of Maine in August, I greatly appreciated the mesh back panel, a welcome contrast to the coated nylon against my back with the Kelty.
The many pockets were handy once I figured them out, especially the sleeping bag pocket, which also held my sleeping pad. Unlike the Kelty, the Osprey didn't collapse into a formless lump when unpacked, and it seemed sturdy, though I can't rate its durability after so short a test.
Now that I've completed the AT, I look forward to hiking other trails for this pack.